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Title Houston Voice, No. 1184, July 4, 2003
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  • Crain, Chris
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  • Gay liberation movement
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Transcript PrideZ003 Gay Houstonians take to the streets for the silver anniversary of Pride. Page 15 & 16 ISSUE 1184 WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM All THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. INSIDE Montrose has evolved over the years to its look today, but the neighborhood still hosts the annual Pride festivities. Page 3 Senate Majority l eader Bill Frist speaks out in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Page 8 The new Hollywood Center in Montrose boasts a successful Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine restaurant. Page 19 25th Pride the biggest Crowd estimated near 150,000 on the silver anniversary of the Houston Pride Parade By PENNY WEAVER The silver anniversary Houston Pride drew the city's largest crowd ever. organizers said this week. The highlight of the annual June celebra­tion was the Houston Pride Parade on Saturda); June 28. The Pride Committee of Houston pow· ercd the parade and the previous "25 Days of Pride"' to mark the 25th annual pride festival Jack Valinski. parade director tlus year for the corrunittee, said the HoU£ton Chronicle reported the parade crowd estimate was at lfi0,000. "We have no official count." Valinski said, not­ing that neither PCOH or the Houston Police Department do a crowd count at the Pride parade. But longtime Prid&-goers in Houston agreed that this year's fest was the largest ever. Valinski said. It L'II'gely went off without a hitch, he added. "We were very pleased with the entire event," Valinski said. "Everything went pretty well" The parade awards were handed out as follows: • RUBY SLIPPER (best walking unit) Greater Houston GLBT Chamber of Commerce • GYPSY ROSE (best out-of-town unit) Turtle Creek Chorale I The Strangerettes • EDISON (best lighting on a non-profession­ally built unit) - Community Gospel Church • HOUSTON (best non-professionally built motorized unit) - The Krewe of the Moons of Uranus • RAINBOW LIGHTS (best lighting on a pro­fessionally built unit) - Diageo (Smirnoff Twist) • TEXAS (best professionally built motor­tzed unit) - JP Morgan Chase P.R.l.D.E. Team • STONEWALL (best commemoration of Pride) - Donald R. Watkins Memorial Foundation • SILVER CELEBRATION (best interpreta­tion of theme) - Gulf Coast Archive & Museum of GLBT History, Inc. • SPIRIT OF MONTROSE (best overall entry) - Turtle Creek Chorale I The Strangerettes Please see PRIDE on Page 2 Gay Houstomans brought out the rambow flag and took to the streets for Pride over the weekend See pages 15 and 16 for more photos from the Pride parade and other events. (Photo by Dalton DeHart) Gay Houstonians rejoice at sodomy case decision Hundreds turn out for rally after Supreme Court ruling By PENNY WEAVER A week after. what some are calling the most important gay civil rights court decision of this generation, waves of reaction continue to flow across Houston and the nation. uThe potential impact of the ruling is startmg to be realized," said gay Houston attorney Mitchell Katine. "Each day, I read about something else happening in either a court or a city government in response to the Supreme Court ruling. and I am encour· aged that this case will be the starting point for additional equalization of laws and soci­etal acceptance for gay and lesbian people." • Some seek information on the private lives of Lawrence and Gamer. See story, page 5. • Senate Majority leader 8111 Frist suppcl1s a constitutional ban on gay marriage. See story, page 8. When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision June 26 in Lawrence v. Texas - and effectively struck down sodomy laws across the nation - celebra tions among gay Americans ensued. In Houston, where the case originated, Katine and the two men at the center of the case John Lawrence and Tyron Garner ~ helped lead the rejoicing at the Victory. All three, along with Lambda Legal's Lee Taft and other local gay activists, Please see DECISION on Page 4 2 JULY 4, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE I local news Committee announces parade winners PRIDE continued from Page l Parade JUdges were Carol Wyatt, communi­ty actr.ist, Brenda Thomas, community actr;1st; Jone Devlin, Queer Voices host; Pamela Zagpr of Red Bull: and Larry Bagneris, City of New Orleans Human Rights Commissioner. The 2.5th annual Houston Pride mcluded a I,IXX).pound chandelier - dubbed the "world's largest" displayed in the air above the inter­section of Westheuner Road and Montrose Boulevard. The chandelier was lit 1n rain bow colors with hundreds of lights for the occasion. f) FOR MORE INFO Pride Committee of Houston PO. Box 66071 • Houston, TX 77266-6071 Phone: 713-52.9-6979 • Fax: 713-529-6929 www.pndehouston.org e-mail infO(a pridehouston.org Great Car Insurance! 713.661. 7700 For Auto, 110111~. Rmwr. Life, Httilth. 811.1lnr.n Irrsurance and much morr. 6575 n: Loop South, Ste. I B.'i BclJalu, IX 77401 www.SchmulerAgmcy.com About a dozen people stood at different pomts along the Pride parade route with anti-gay signs. protesting the festiVJbes. (Photos by Dalton DeHart) BANKRUPTCY Free Consultation Chapter 13 $ 0 DOWN With Wage Order Court Filing Fee Additional We have fl.led over 5,000 cases since 1986. 713-686-2222 1-45 North in The Woodlands 1-10 West at 610 Loop (Chase Bank Building) (901 N. Post Oak Rd.) l.:ennclh N!dlng llcemcd b\ theTe<asSum'me Coun and tlY? U.S. Olstrlct C.oun for the S. Dblrlct of Te= ~IElilber, Slat!? 8ar a To=""' cm1llt'd t !he Tl!.QS Boord of · Uoo. HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com I local news Montrose continues to thrive in 2003 Hit hard by AIDS pandemic and other changes, the traditionally gay neighborhood marches on Editor's note: In honor of 25 years of Pride and gay history in Houston, this story is the final m a three-part series taking a look at the changes in the Montrose neigh­borhood, traditionally known as the heart of gay Houston. By JOHNNY HOOKS Montrose at the dawn of the 1980s was surely unrecognizable to many people who grew up there. "Queer as Folk" devotees take note: Montrose had Its own Babylon, the queen of 1978·1980 lower Westheimer club . Babylon became Numbers and as the 'SOS took shape, Numbers became the epi· center of the burgeoning punk movement. The lower Westheimer strip, which runs from Montrose Boulevard east to Elgin, was only a few years earlier, spotted with Euro-influenced nightspots and petit cafes. Now however, the quasi-fabulous Montrose scene had been reduced, nearly, to nudie clubs and strip joints. Fantastic exceptions from the time include Tootsies and the salon/boutique Strands, which held their own glitter amidst the grime. 1 grew up in a small, preppy town, Greenville, S.C. When my mother remar· ried In 1981, we moved to League City. At school, I met a beautiful girl named Susan. She ·was a "punk ' and looked exactly like Olivia Newton-John; she even wore a sweatshirt (ok, it was a pink off·the-shoul· der, "Flashdance"·inspired sweatshirt) that said ''Olivia Who?" on it. I was hooked and, at the time, I thought I was in love, but more likely I just wanted to be her. Susan took me to Montrose for the first time in 1983. She picked me up after my parents had gone to bed. I snuck out wear­ing my stepfather's white construction boots with my blue jeans tucked in, a lecve­less British flag T-shirt, white bow tie, lip­stick, eyelinei\and a white swirl on my cheek that went into my mouth. Susan said, "You look great; lose the bow tie" Heading toward town, Susan said, "We're stopping to pick up my LESBIAN friC'nd, Tina. Do you know what a lesb111n is, Johnny?" I did and I couldn't believe it. We ended up at Rudyard's, then Numbers, anrl we finally walked to Lola's. The walk from Numbers to Lola's wa~ a rite of pas· sage for us back then. It was if a bomb had gone off in my head, and I knew where I wanted to take be, here .. in Montrose .. I became a fixture at Numbers. There I met the man I lost my virginity to, saw bands from Sheila E to the Cure. and hon· estly. spent my formative years dancing, having sex and living like a rock star. We would stand outside and model our punk outfits for cnusers, charging $2 per Largely still the heart of gay life in the Bayou City. Montrose continues to be the neighborhood where the Houston Pride Parade is held each year. (Photos by Dalton OeHart) photo. Cruising down Westheimer was monumental. yet the crowd was almost entirely straight. The Houston Post: '1'.sk any teenagers who cruise up and down lower Westheimer on a Saturday mght .. 'Hey, I'm not a faggot,' one proclaims ... it's like a foul·mouthed Beach Party movie." The one bright spot in that dingy Montrose area was the curve. Populated by The Daiquiri Factory and shops like Tiz Avenue. The Flat Earth and Wear it Again Sam. the curve was an oasis. I saw Annie Lennox shopping dO\om the street once. The cruising ended in 1987. Police Chief Lee Brown (Yes, that Lee Brown) ordered pohcemen mounted on horseback to sweep lower Westhelmer. l can remember them ht erally shoulder-to-shoulder. across all four lanes of Westheimer at the Tower Theater. heading east arresting, harassing and scar­ing people with their helmets and batons. Unfortunately, the Montrose communi· ty was facing bigger demons than Brown's horsemen. AIDS had reared it ugly head and was begmning its sweep through Houston, all too familiar to those lo ing friends in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Fortunately, what would become the AIDS Foundation Houston and Montrose Clinic had been in place long before they were needed. Like many communities across America and the world, in Montrose, people began dying at an accelerated rate and a dark cloud settled over our beloved neighbor­hood. Don Gill remembers, "I was so proud of Houston's reaction to the pandemic. People went so far as to open their homes to men who had Jost everything. and were now facing death alone ... I'll never forget that." The advent of the AIDS cocktail, while not the cure we had all been waiting for, at least put a stopper in the flood of death. The late 1990s saw the Montro~e begin to return to its roots (so to speak), with the return of influential straight singles and families moving back into the area: Instead of rushing away from Montrose, people began returning in droves. Preservationists and purest alike decried their return, espe­cially the penchant to buy and tear down the bungalow houses that had become architectural staples of Montrose and its surrounding neighborhoods. Town homes sprang up like mushrooms after a long spnng rain. Cafes, coffee shops and restaurants like Empire Cale. Brazil, and Mark's at one end and Aldo's, La Strada and Marrakech at the other set the standard for a new and ever-changing Montrose. Many GLBT people were forced out of their longtime homes bec'.ause as demand came, rents rose. It seemed as if our community was yet again under attack. How would our little piece of Heaven fare? Flash forward to 2003. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in our favor, decruninallzlng gay sex Westheimer from Shepherd to Elgin is full of fabulous shops that sell evcrythtng from leather to art supplies. Restaurants abound from Hugo's to Cale Complique to Fabio's. We even have the first Loft Tower going up on the curve! The Briar Patch, one of Houston's oldest queer bars, and perhaps its only true piano bar. has moved Into Montrose. and the new Hollywood Retail Center off Fairview is packed. Montrose thrives because it is ever changing. always growing, always welcom ing newcomers of every persuasion, shape and sexualit}: observers agree. The next time someone asks where you live, stand a little taller when you say "Montrose." It's a tradition that gays and the city of Houston can truly have PRIDE in! JULY 4, 2003 3 inside ISSUE 1184 LOCAL NEWS---------"' NATIONAL NEWS --6 FORUM---·-------~o OUT ON THE BAYOll l5 COMr. UNITY CALENDAR- --·-21 APPOINTMENT 21 CLASSIFIEDS 21 Q PllZZI E 23 MY STARS. 26 CONTROVERSY: Known for decrymg the pres­ence of 'homos m the military Rep. Randy l>uke' Cunningham distances himself from comments made by HRC's Elizabeth Brch Page 6. MEDIA SCRUTINY: Last week's U.S Supreme Court decision has increased the glare of the spotlight on gay Houstonians John l.m"ence and Tyron Gamer Page 5 NO GAY MARRIAr.E: US. Senate MaJonty Leader Bill Frist speaks out in favor of an amendment to the U.S Constitution that would limit marriage to heterosexual couples. Page a POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Houston Voice, 500 Lovett Blvd. Suite 200. Houston. TX 77006. Houston Voice IS published weekly on Friday, by Window Media LLC. Subscriptions are S92Jyear for 52 issues (only Sl.77 per JSSUe). 4 JULY 4, 2003 www.houston voice.corn HOUSTON VOICE j local news Dozens line up to thank Lawrence, Garner DECISION contmued from Pagel spoke at an afternoon press conference that same day at the Houston GLBT Community Centei: La'\\Tence read a brief statement on behalf of himself and Garner. The two did not take questions from the press. That evening, they were the guests of honor at a rally on the steps of Houston City Hall. A number of gay activists and political leaders spoke during the event, which drew more than 200 people. "ThIS IS about the government finally getting it right," said Annise Parker, the first lesbian to be elected to the Houston City Council. Parker now is running for the comptroller spot for the city. Clarence Burton Bagby, a longtime political activist and president of the com­munity center, also spoke at the rally. "Every American deserves equal rights This is about all people," he said of the Supreme Court dec!ston. "Thb rulmg ts the most lmportant civil rights achieve­ment in a generation." Those present also remembered act1V1Sts who helped lead the way for gay civil rights but are no longer living and could not be present to en1oy the milestone. Other speakers included former state lawmaker Debra Danburg; PFLAG mother and secretary Sue Null; longtime lesbian activist and city council candidate Sue Lovell; gay activist Ray Hill, and state Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston). "This Is all of our day when rights are restored that should have never been taken ay,ay m the first place," Coleman said. The lawmaker said he was asked, in a media mterv1evo earlier that day, if the Supreme Court decision In Lawrence v. Texas puts mto question the state's new Defense of Marrtage Act. That DOMA, similar to a federal act and others passed m several other states, states that Texas will not recognize any marriage but that between a man and a woman. Coleman's reply when asked if the Lawrence decision affects Texas' DOMA? More than 200 people gathered at Houston City Hall on June 26 to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on lawrence v. Texas. Many held signs thanking the justices for their action. One person stood nearby with an anti-gay sign m protesl After the rally, dozens of people lined up to thank Jo"1 Lawrence and Tyron Gamer, and Houston attorney Mitchell Katine. for spearheading the case (Photos by Dalton OeHartl "You're goddamned right it does," he told the cheering crowd at the rally. Hill recalled the years that many gay activists spent working on civil rights, women's rights and other causes. "We were doing all this work for other people's freedom, so why not do it for our­selves?" Hill said. Gays now are beyond an era when their private actions are made criminal, he added. "21.Cl6 was enforced every day, but not as a criminal statute," Hill said. "Slam that door shut. We can never, by this decision, go back there again." Katine said the announcement this week by Wal-Mart that the retail chain will now include sexual orientation in its anti· discrimination policy is directly related to the Lawrence v. Texas decision. He hopes for even more good to come out of the case. "The whole case and case analysis is being cited by the people at Wal-Mart as helping them." Katine said. "It just helped the people understand the issues better. "There should be other direct results as well; we're just waiting for them to come to light," he added. Katine points out two sections of the Supreme Court decision that stand out for him. "I'm getting very excited as I read and re-read the opinion." he said. Jo"1 L.awrerce read a brief statement on behalf of himself and Tyron Ganer at a press conference on June 26 at the Houston GlBT Cormllf1ity Center m reaction to lhe Lawrence v. Texas ruling. (Photo by Dalton OeHart) One portion is at the beginning of the ruling: "This, as a general rule, should counsel against attempts by the state or a court to define the meaning of the rela· tionship or to set its boundaries absent mjury to a person or abuse of an institu­tion the law protects. The liberty protected by the constitution allows homosexual per­sons the right to make this choice [regard· ing intimate conduct with another per­son]." And, at the end of the opinion, Katine points out. the justices state: "As the con­stitution endures, persons in every genera­tion can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom." Katine said, "That sentence is amazing. That sentence encourages people now and m the future to look to the constitution in search for greater freedom. That's really what we did here. "This opinion is full of gems like that," he added. •·r understand that that is why the conservative commentators are so con­cerned about this case is because the case truly talks about freedom and liberty and privacy and that homosexuals are included under that protection. "The more you look at it, the better we all should feel," Katine said. 'Tm just Sit· ting back and watching the ripple effects from the decision already." HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JULY 4 2003 5 I local news Sodomy case defendants 'just regular guys' Media probes private lives of Lawrence, Garner after Supreme Court decision By PENNY WEAVER Few details have been madP public about the two men at the center of the Texas case through which the U.S. Supreme C.ourt struck down anti-gay sodomy laws across the nation. But after last week's court decision, more people - particularly in the mainstream media and conservative circles began to ask: 'h bo are John Lawrence and Tyron Garner? By now virtually every American adult knows the basics of the case. Lawrence, then 5.'i, and Garner. thrn31, were arrestf'd in Lawrence's Houston apartment on Sept 17, 1996, and charged with violating Texas' so-<:alled "homo­sexual conduct" law Both pleaded no contest to the charge against them. each paid a $125 fine. and they went on to challenge thP state's sodomy statute all the way to the nation's highest coui1. But the landmark Supreme C.ourt deci· sion put the two quiet Houstonians into a more intense spotlight. "I am not a public speaker," Lawrence said at a press conference June 26 at the Houston GLBT Community Center. He re3d a brief written statement as Gnrner stood silently beside hun at a podium crowded with news microphoni>s and recorders, In a room at the center packed with reporters, photog· rnphers and television camera crews. G..ly Houstonians John Lawrence and Tyron Gamer have been the subject of mtensified media scrutiny since last week. After a June 26 press conference at the Houston GLBT Community Center. the pair were followed by about a dozen reporters and photogra­phers. From left are Lambda Lega.l's Lee Taft. Gamer and Lawrence. (Photo by Penny Weaver) "WP nevt!f chose to be public figures or to take on this fight But we also never thought we oould bl' arrested this wa};" Lawrence said. ''We're glad not only that this ruling lets us gE>t on with our lives but that it opens the door for gay people all across the country to be truly equal We're grate­ful to everyone who has respecktl our privacy over the last few }"Par.>, even if the state cl 'J'exa, did not respect it that night in 1900." Following the Supreme Court rulmg and press conference, Lawrence and Garner made perhaps their most public appearances yet, as guests of honor at a rally at Houston City Hall that evening, and in the Houston July 6 • "Jesus Was Amazed!" fj~ ~~\\ Rev. Ralph Lasher, guest preacher Maranatha ~~ 'I' Fellowship Metropolitan Community Church "Building Community Through Compassion • Visit Our New Improved & Larger Nursery/Children's area Clwrcll Service beg111s Jt lOam c111d nurser~ is available for small clllldren. Mrd·week "Home Group·· services 011 Tuesda1 sand Wed11esda} s. Please Join Us For Praise and Worship at our Sunday Morning Service And Experience The Love That Maranatha Fellowship MCC Has To Offer! 3333 Fannin, Suite 106, at 10AM Church office 713-528-6756 • E-mail maranatha@ev1.net www.maranathamcc.com Pride Parade on Saturda~; June 28. Lawrence. who is white, i:; almost 59 no\\: a longtime medical technologist \\ith a nonde­script face and receding hairline a quiet way about him. He said little at the rally, mlling at 5Upporters, then steppmg to the side of the city hall steps to light a cigarette and smoke alone. Garner. who is black, turns 36 next week. and seems only slightly more animated than Lawrence. The Houston Voice pre\1ously has reported that Garner has worked in the mov· ing business. He is shorter than his counter­part. but also 5ays little. Both refer to their attorneys to discuss the case for them. On June 27, the Dalla> Morning News called Lawrence and Garner "invisible war­riors" who have been "workmg with their lawyers to keep their lives secret " The Morning News detailed the criminal his· tories of both men, largely information pmi· ously reported. Harns County court records list arrests for a<sault, dnmken driving and posses sion of a small amount of mar~uana for Garner: the newspaper reported. Department of Public Safety records 5how two comictlons for assault, in 1995 and :nxl, according to the.'.'-fornlng News. Lawrence ha• two convictions for drunk­en driving and one for murder-by-automobile in 1967, the Morning News reported, facts that the Houston Voice uncovered in 1999. Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon this week confirmed that Garner has a criminal record "He's been handled bY HPD before He's got a couple of misdemeanor charges," (',.annon said The Morning ~ews also reported details on the men's pnvate lives, including that Lawrence is in the midst of bankruptcy pro­ceedings and still !hes m the apartment where he and Garner l\ere arrested. But gay Houston attorney Mitchell Katine. who handled the Lawrence and Garner case from its begmnings and all the way to the Supreme Court. <aid the recent media reports are nothmg neK "Ifs basically a lot of old stuff. We've said all along these are just regular guys," Katine said. "Those problems that they've had in the past have nothing to do with our challenge to the unjust [sodomy] law. "I don't think it's relevant," he added. "This case has never been about the facts of the case. Our clients stipulated to the facts. They never challenged the entry by the police officer. They never challenged the facts They were willing to sa); '111 go get a conviction whkh will enable my lawyers to be.-1 chal· lenge the underlying la\\:"' According to Katine. the imperfections of the two men make their willingness to con­tinue the case a greater sacrifice "That even makes it that much more courageous, m mv opinion, for people \\ho have some crtminal mdiscret1ons m the pa.st to be willing to go forward publicly to chal­lenge this la.11, realizing that at so._ pomt someone would dlSCOver this public Informa­tion and It might not be very mce Katine said. 'They should be given credit not to be embarrassed or fearful to have gone forward.~ Vocation Bible School July 28th - August 1st 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 2025 W. 1 lth St. @ T.C.Jester 713-861-9149 www.resurrectionmcc .org 6 JULY 4 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE I ational ne s HRC denies speech outed anti-gay congressman 'Duke' Cunningham denies meeting official or questioning whether he is gay By LOU CHIBBARO JR. WASHINGTON - It began as a remark· able vignette about a virulently antt-gay con· gressman who reached out in private to gay activists with question,; about how people know if they are gay. But last month retold before an audience of nearly 200 at a Gay Pride t~11 hall meet· ing, a remembered encounter from eight years ago has raised que.stion5 about whether the leader of thb country's largest gay rights organization has on several occasions effec· tively outed a member of Congress. The occasIOD was a Gay Pride forum on June 3, where a panel of gay rights leaders was addressing whether there was "a gay agenda." Elizabeth Birch, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, began her prescnta· tion, which focused In part on reaching out to gay rights foes, v.ith an example about a private meeting she and an HRC rolleague had In 1995 with an unnamed conservative Republican corr gressman who opposes gay rights. The congressman startled her, Birch said, \\hen he ushered his staff members out of his Capitol Hill office. closed the door, and asked Birch and Daniel Zingale, then HRC's political director. just how it was that they came to know that they are gay. "You Imo\\; how do ;oo know yuu're that way?" Birch quoted the congressman as asking. In bushed tones, Birch told the audience that the congressman leaned back against his desk and revealed that be was asking the ques tion because he had "loved men" in his past. M(T]his guy's got three tours in Vietnam. and there were a lot of guns on the wall," Birch told the audience, which laughed in response. "\\nips and stuff like that. .. I looked at Daniel and I went. 'Oh my God."' Birch described how she and Zingale told the congressman how they and other gay peo­ple struggle with their own feelings until they come to terms with who they are and affirm to themselves that they're gay. "And finall;; he said. 'Because I've loved men,'" Birch recalled the congressman say· ing. MAnd I said, 'Was that in a military set· ting?'" Again. the audience laughed. acknowledging how awkward the conversa· tion was for Birch and Zingale. "He said yes." Birch recalled. MHe said, 'Yes indeed, on the field of battle, but I've also loved men.'" Birch did not identify the congressman but said the meeting took place a short time after the congressman created a rontrovcrsy In 1995 v.hen he referred to gays as "homos" on the floor of the House of Representatives. Media reports and other background facts indicate that l! S. Rep. Randall "Duke" Cunningham (R Calif.), an archconserva ttve from S:in Otego, fits many of the details ID Btrch's story. The ne s medt ID San Diego rc:ported at U.S. Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham (R-Calif.) decned the presence of 'homos m the military' on the floor of Congress in 1995. He matches many of the details of a story told by HRCs Elizabeth Birch about a member of Congress who seemed to be questioning his sexual orientation. that time that in a speech on the floor of the House, Cunningham decried the presence of ~omos" in the mUital'): He appears to be the only member of the House to call gays Mhomos" on the House floor at that time, and most likely at any time since then. according to a review of news media reports and the Congressional Record. Two gay Democratic activists in San Diego this week confirmed that Birch told members of that city's gay Democratic club a nearly tdentical story in 1996, and on that occasion directly identified Cunningham as the congressman in question. Congressman denies meeting Harmony Allen. Cunningham's press sec· retary, said Cunningham never met with Bll'th and never made any such comments about gays or his feelings toward men. MHe ha~ never had a conversation with that woman." Allen said. "The meeting did not take place." Allen added, "He is a heterosexual." Birch has since refused to comment about whether she has met with Cunningham and whether she based her story on Cunningham's private comments to her and Zingale. She said she never reveals the iden· titles or remarks made by members of Congress In private meetings. Allen said several of the facts in Birch's story don't fit Cunningham's background. Birch said the congressman in question had five children, while Cunningham has three children, Allen said. Birch noted that the con· gressman in her story served three tours in Vietnam. Cunningham. a decorated fighter pilot and acclaimed pilot instructor. served JUst two tours, according to Allen. "Heneverhadgunsonhis walls," Allen said. Regardless of whom she referenced Birch said, the subject of her story never actually said outright that he was gay, Birch told Houston Voice. The person In question merely inquired about bow someor.e knows h or she 1s homosexual, Birch said There wa more than one person who Elizabeth Birch. the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign, told a story at a June town hall meeting about an anti-gay. conservative. Republican Congressman who told her, Tvc IMCJ men.' and asked how he would know 1f he is gay has expressed curiosity about being gay,'' Birch said. "I scrambled the facts. I created a composite.'' Record of hostility toward gay rights Cunningham has long been considered one of the most ardent adversaries of gay rights advocates m Congress. His reference to gays as "homos" surfaced during a May 1995 debate on the House floor over renewing the Clean Water Act. During a heated debate. Cunningham said Democrats who opposed changing the water pollution control law are "the same people who would vote to cut defense '177 billion, the same ones who would put homos in the militar;:" When Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D·Colo.) ro~e to protest Cunningham's remarks, Cunningham told her, "Sit down. you social· ist," according to an account by the Los Angeles Times. Cunningham later apolo­gi7. ed for his comments. In 1998, Cunningham drew further con­demnation in the San Diego press for insult. ing gay U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D Mass.). In an appearance before prostate cancer Sur· vivors, Cunningham discussed the rectal pro­cedure he had undergone for the condition, describing it as, "just not natural. unless maybe you're Barney Frank," the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Cunningham once again offered an apology for the comment. Despite Birch's denials about referring to any one congressman. at least two members of San Diego's gay Democratic club say she made It clear to them that Cunningham was thP subject of a similar story she told them. "She told us that same stol'}: but she said it was Cunningham who said those things," said Craig Roberts, former president IX the San Diego Democratic Club. a gay Democratic group. Doug Case, another one of the group's for· mer presidents, said he remembers vividly that Birch told the story about how Cunningham asked her at a meeting ln Cunningham's Washington office how gay people know they're gay. Case said he doc n't recall Birch sa~ Ing that Cunningham also disclosed that he "love~ men." Allen, Cunningham's press secret.1ry, dis· missed the comments by the San Diego gay Democrat~. saying they are longstanding political opponents of Cunningham and lack cred lb ility. "Isn't it interesting that this is coming up just before nn election year?" she said. HRC spokesperson David Smith said the organization would have no further comment on the claims by the San Diego gay Democrats that Birch told them Cunningham was the subject of her story. Reiterating Birch's assertion that she never meant to imply the congressman in question is gay, Smith pointed to the part of Birch's speech in which she explained her reason for telling her story. "[T]here was a moment when we touched each other." Birch said of the congressman, noting that he returned to the House floor the next day and apologized for his ''homos" remark. "And we believe there can be a human·tO· hwnan contact at some form that will break open something inside someone,'' Birch said. Cunningham scored 17 points out of a possible 100 in HRC's current congressional scorecard, which rates how supportive con· gressmen are of gay rights issues. Activist 'surprised' by Birch speech Several gay activists who saw Birch deliv· er her speech at the tmm hall meeting said Birch conveyed the clear impression to them that the congressman she talked about was struggling with his own sexual orientation at a time he referred to gays in a derogatory wa}: "Not knowing who she was talking about, I got the impression that this was a clo,eted congressman struggling with his sexuality," said Craig Bowman, executive director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, which advocates for gay youth. Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, who was among the other speakers at the town hall meeting. said he, too, drew the conclusion from Birch's remarks that the congressman in ques· tion was "questioning" his sexual orientation. Patrick Guerriero, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, a national gay GOP group, who also spoke at the town hall meet­ing, did not return a call seeking comment about Birch's speech. For the transcript of Bwch's speech, ,iease visit www.heustotivoice.et111. ft MOREINFO Congressman Randy 'Duke' Cumngham 2350 Rayburn Building Washington. DC 20515 202·225·5452 www house.gov/cunningham Human Rights Campaign 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036 202-628-4160 www.hrc.nrg www.houston voice.com -~d· al repo Experts propose international program to find AIDS vaccine WASHINGTON (AP)-A crash program to <level· op an AIDS vaccine may be the only way to reduce a worldwide death toll that could reach 70 million by 2020. according to some of the world's leading researchers. Twenty-four scientific leaders advanced a formal proposal in the journal Science last month calling for a network of coor­dinated research centers dedicated to the sole purpose of developing and testing an AIDS vac­cine. Co-authors of the proposal include two Nobel Prize winner-:, the heads of major public health departments of the U.S. government, and AIDS researchP.rs from several nations. In con­cept, said co-author Dr. David Baltimore, the pro­PoSal is rathl'r like a Manhattan Project against AIDS. The .Manhattan Project produced thC> world's first atomic weapon "In the sense it is a commitment to use the skills of the scientific community to solve a problem. it is like the M:mhattan Project," said Baltimore. a Nobel lau­reate. "But the Manhattan Project depended on secrecy and we're doing the exact opposite." Dr. David Baltimore. a Nobel laureate. co-authored a report calling for a Manhattan Project against AIDS to coordinate research mto a vacane for a disease. (Photo courtesy of web.mit..edu) Bisexuality linked to HIV spread among minority women, study says DETROIT (AP) Black and Hispamc women are being infected with HIV at a higher rate than the rest of the pop­ulation in part because many of them don't kno\\ their sex partners are bisexual. a new study shows. "I run into so many women who say they were intected by their husbands and significant others," said Paula Sirls, 40, of Detroit. who contracted HIV from a man who had a relationship with her for 20 years before telling her he was HIV-positive. "So I \\ant to talk to the ladies: You need to get docu­mented proof that he has been tested." Sirls, now an HIV I AIDS educator and counselor, told the Detroit News. Black and Hispanic men are more likely than white men to engage in bisexual behavior, according to a study by the .\lichigan Department of Community Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. "We interviewed these men, and this is very real," said study leader Eve Mokotoff, chief of HIV I AIDS epidemi ology at the state health agency. "What underlies this problem is our unaccep· lance of homosexuality." Study shows high numbers of gay men having unsafe sex NEW YORK A new study discovered that almost half of the gay and bisexu· al men they interviewed had unpro· tected anal sex during the past six months, according to Reuters. The .study by the American Journal of Public Health looked at 4,295 men from six cities. The findings "emphasize the continued need for effective behavioral strategies designed to prevent HIV infect ion among men who have sex with men," wrote Dr. Beryl A. Koblin of the Ne\\ York 13lood Center in New York City. The interviews were part of an ongomg effort to identify risk behaviors that mny be increasing HIV transmissions in the U.S. Federal health officials to provide 250,000 rapid HIV tests WASHINGTON -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recently contracted to purchao;e 250,000 quick-test kits to try and slow down the infection rate, according to Reuters. Researchers said 2.5 percent of people with HIV are unaware of it. The CDC plans to send the tests to the 50 state health departments in hopes it might slow down the current rate of 40,000 new infections annually. The test gives the result in only 20 min· utes. Researches stressed the benefits of people learning they are infected early and said people who wait until they arc sick are more likely to be black, Hispanic and heterosexual with a high school education or less. Researches report break in seeing through AIDS disguises LA JOLLA, Calif. Researchers said they may have a break in understanding how a rare antibody can identify the dis· guises of the AIDS virus. which they hope will lead to a vaccine, according to Reuters. The antibody was taken from a patient whose body can resist the virus. recognizes and attacks the human immunodeficiency virus, unlike most of the body's defenses. "Nothing like this has ever been seen before," lead researcher Ian Wilson of the Scripps Research Institute said in a statement. AIDS is responsible for the deaths of 25 million people around the world. Dozens of potential vaccines are cur­rently being tested, but none so far has shown it can be effective. Antibodies are an impQrtant part of the body's defens· es against germs. They are usually able to recognize an invader by structures on its surface, called antigens, and can either call in help, or neutralize the invad!'r themselves by pasting them· selves against it. The problem has been that AIDS has many looks and it has been hard for vaccines to irlentify. 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Frist said on ABC's ''This Week" program that he is "concerned" about the U.S. Suprrme Court's decision to strike down the Texas sodomy statute and said he would sup­port an amendment that defined marriage as the wiion of a man and a woman. w1 very much feel that marriage is a sacra· ment, and that sacrament should extend and can extend to that legal entity of a Wllon between what b traditionally in our Western values has been defined - as between a man and a woman. So I would sup. port the amendment," Frist said. HtS office did not return calls seeking comment President Bush told reporters Wednesday that he is wisure if a constitutional amend· ment is needed at this time. "I don't know if it's necessary yet. Let's let the Ja·w}t?rs look at the full ramifications of the recent Supreme Court hearing. What I Senate Majority Leader Btll Frist (R·Tenn.l said Sunday that he supports a const1tutional amend· ment that would define marriage as between a man and woman only. (Photo by AP) do support IS the notion that marriage is between a man and a woman." Bush said dur· ing an impromptu news conference after he nominated Randall Tobias to be his new Global AIDS Coordinator. Gay civil right~ activists expressed con· cern that the recently proposed constitution· al amendment will gain even more support if the ~tassachusetts high court decides later this summer to legalize gay marriage there. "The issue has been gainmg steam because we are gaining ground in public opmlon," said Matt Foreman executive direc· tor of the 'at1onal Gay & Lesbian Task Forte. ''The religious right understand very clearly that time tS on our side and they believe they are cornered like rats." A lawsuit was filed in Massachusetts in April 2001 on behalf of seven gay and !es· b1an couples who argued that the nght to marry the person of one's choice is protect· ed under the state's Constitution. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is expected to issue a ruling on the case possi· bly as soon as this month. U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) and five other sponsors introduced on May 23 a federal marriage amendment (HJ RES 56), drafted by the Alliance for Marriage, which defines marriage as the union of a man and Y<oman. The bill, which now has 26 co-sponsors, was referred to the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution last week, according to a spokesperson from Musgrave's office. Patrick Guerriero, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said he was con· cerned about the proposed amendment. "I take the threat serious and we are hop. ing cooler heads will prevail in a few days and there will be a rethinking of this effort," Guerriero aid. "You will see a lot of smart conservatives opposing the amendment mainly because, historically, the Constitution has been amended to expand civil liberties not diminish them." White House spokesperson Ari Fleischer told reporters on Tuesday during a White House press briefing that the president, to the best of his knowledge, had never dis· cussed the notion of a federal marriage amendment with Frist but supports the Defense of Marriage Act passed In 1996. The New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that sources in the V.'hite House said that President Bush's political advisers believe such a constitutional amendment would be good for the president's re-election bid. yet believe that the chances of it happen· ing are "virtually zero." The sources said that support for the amendment would restore confidence in the president's conservalive base whlle appeal· ing to independents who support traditional values. According to the source, internal polling shows "very high" support for the amendment. Some social conservatives say that a con· stitutional marriage amendment is needed to prevent a judge in one state from recognizing a gay marriage performed in another. Jonathan Rauch, a gay writer for National Journal and a writer in residence at the Brookings Institution, said that DOMA. not the proposed constitutional amendment, already thwarts such possible encroachment and will not be overturned. "The chances of DOMA being found unconstitutional is as unlikely as monkeys flying out of your posterior," Rauch said. "What these supporters want to do is ban [gay marriage] everywhere in the country and start a national culture war over marriage." www.houston voice.com national news Anti-gay judge takes seat on U.S. Court of Appeals DENVER (AP) - Former Colorado Solicitor General Timothy Tymkovich, who in a law journal article compared homosexuality to cockfighting, bestiality, suicide and pros­titution, was sworn in June 27 as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Bush appointed Tymkovich to fill the seat in May 2001, but Senate confir· mat ion was held up until April 2003. As Colorado's solicitor general, Tymkovich handled a challenge to the anti-gay rights Amendment 2 approved by voters in 1992. He defend­ed the law before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995, but the amendment was later ruled unconstitutional. In reiterating his longstanding opposition to gay civil rights laws, Tymkovich referred to such laws in a Jaw journal article as "special legal protections for homosexuals." In the article, he listed prohibitions on "immoral" behaviors including "sadomasochism, cockfighting, bestiality, suicide, drug use, prostitution and sodomy." Gay civil rights advocates, including the Human Rights Campaign and Log Cabin Republicans, opposed the nomination. The 10th Circuit Court hears appeals from U.S. District Courts in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming. nrnothy Tymkovich was sworn in last week as a judge on the US. Court of Appeals. over the objections of both Democratic and Republican gay activists. (Photo by AP) Wrong N.M. gay rights bill signed into law SANTA FE (AP) - A new gay rights law in New Mexico inadvertently wipes out broad civil rights protections for tens of thousands of the state's residents. The new law, effective July 1, expands the state's Human Rights Act to outlaw dis· crimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The legislature sent Gov. Bill Richardson the VvTOng version of the bill, and he signed it. It contains lan­guage that exempts businesses with fewer than 15 full-time employees from having to comply with any provisions of the state Human Rights Act. which previ­ously included exemptions only for busi· nesses with fewer than four workers. The bigger exemption was included in an amendment to the bill that was later changed, but the earlier version was sent to the governor by the Senate Enrolling & Engrossing Committee. Fixing the gaffe could require a special session of the state legislature and risk opening the gay rights provisions up to further debate. N.J. court hears arguments on same-sex marriages TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - One day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law banning gay sex, an attorney for seven gay couples argued in a New Jersey courtroom that same-sex mar­riage should be legally recognized by the state. Superior Court Judge Linda Feinberg said she would not rule on the matter for at least two months. The June 27 hearing was on a state motion to dis· miss a lawsuit filed by the same-sex cou­ples. Deputy Attorney General Patrick DeAlmeida said there is nothing in the New Jersey Constitution that guaran· tees gay couples' right to marriage. David S. Buckel, the attorney for the couples, argued that the marriages should be allowed under the constitu­tion's guarantees of equality and priva­cy. "The federal Supreme Court sent a very strong message that the day has come when lesbian and gay couples are due dignity and respect," Buckd said. Vt. civil union law marks third anniversary MONTPELIER, Vt. As Vermont's land· mark civil unions law celebrated its third anniversary on July 1, studies show the legislation has an impact on the state's econom}; with many gay couples travel­ing from out of state to formalize their relationships. Of the 5,693 civil unions since the law was enacted, only 845 were for Vermont residents, the Times-Argus reported, prompting a boost for bed-and· breakfasts and other businesses that cater to gay couples traveling to the state for the unions. "It has been an absolute gold mine," said Ken Richardson, owner of Black Bear Inn in Richmond. A University of Vermont study of about 300 couples who had joined in civil unions showed that about two-thirds are women, 90 percent are white, and their average incomes are $55.000 for lesbian couples and $6.5,000 for male couples, according to the Boston Globe. Calif. governor urged to oppose 'gay marriage' bill FRESNO, Calif. A group calling itself the Campaign for California Families is touring the state with a public campaign calling on Gov. Gray Davis to oppose a bill that would give "the rights and duties of marriage to persons registered as domes­tic partners" starting in 2005, the Fresno Bee reported. The proposal gives gay cou· pies child custody rights. discrimination protections and allows them to make funeral plans for deceased partners. "Anytime there is a law that equates nat· ural sex with homosexual sex, activL~t.s· lawyers can pursue and create homosexu­al marriage," said Randy Thomasson. executive director of the Campaign for California Families. Opponents of the domestic partner bill want Davis recalled if he doesn't speak out against the mea­sure, which is now in the state senate after passing the Assembly earlier this month. Davis has not said 1f he supports the bill, according to the Sacramento Bee.. From staff and wire reports JULY 4. 2003 9 Go Straight to the Gay Market Presents EIDDIWlr 2003 Community Expo and Consumer Market September 20 & 21, 2003 George R. Brown Convention Center .... •'JPMorgan iuv & LlsalAN I Yl!LLOW PAGl!SS Join our sponsors and returning vendors n co;;rtng •he growing GLBT market. Why? Because there are over 1 '2 mill on gay adults in the l:.: S. with ovef $452 b1 ion to spend ann oily Call 713 523-7576 or visit www.ghglcc.org l1f1iil!1td 1i voice STAFF EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION &eaMe ElitDr CHRIS CRAfN Elitt1' PENNV WEAVER editor 11 houstorMllce.aJ ~ BONNIE NAlK'.lf. JOEY CAROUNO CatbjX)ide11ts LOU ClllBBARO JR JOE CREA. lAlJRA DOWAS·BROWN MIKE FUMING. MATTHEW HEIME. BRIAN MOYIJ.N. 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From the Supreme Court's historic decision striking down sodomy laws in 13 states to the legalization of gay marriage in Canada, gays and their supporters had much to celebrate at Pride Month fes· tivities around the country, which cul· minated last weekend with events m San 1''rancisco, New York, Atlanta and elsewhere. But as revelers were sipping their mimosas and closing out Pride weekend events on Sunday, the next battle for full gay equality was taking shape on the morning news. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who recently took over from Trent Lott as Senate Majorlty Leader, told ABC's "This Week" program that he endorses a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. "I feel very much that it is a sacra· ment, and that sacrament should extend and can extend to that legal entity of a union between. what is tra· ditlonally in our Western values has been defined as between a man and a woman," Frist said. "So I would sup· port the amendment." Once again a prominent Republican leader is confusing religion and state. A sacrament refers to certain Christian rites (baptism, confirmation. receiving of the Eucharist) that have nothing to do with the legal rights and benefits con· ferred by the state on legally married cou­ples. I have no expectation of ever walk· ing down the aisle of a Catholic church to marry my partner; I do, however, hold out hope that the state will one day recognize my relationship and those of my straight friends equally. Frist didn't stop there. He added, "I have this fear that this zone of privacy that we all want protected in our own homes 1s gradually or I'm concerned about the potential for It gradually b mg encroached upon, \\here crimmal activity m the home v.ould in some way be condoned." It was an ironic moment for Frist, given the expectation that he would rep­resent another new face of "compassion· ate conservatism" and an antidote to Lott like bigotry. Frist revealed himself to be just the opposite: another Republican leader determined to Infuse fundamentahst Christian beliefs into discriminatory laws. A constitutional amendment banning gay marriage would be a disaster for the gay rights movement and a blow to America's credibility as a freedom· loving nation. In a time when Belgium, the Netherlands and now Canada have legalized gay marriage, certain Republican leaders in the United States are still pining for the days when gays stayed in the closet. President Bush responded to the Frist trml balloon on Wednesday. "I don't know if it's necessary yet," Bush said of the amendment. "Let's let the lawyers look at the full ramifications of the recent Supreme Court hearing. What I do sup­port is a notion that marriage is between a man and a woman." There is no doubt that gay marriage rights represent the next major legal and cultural battle for gays. In fact, Justice Antonin Scaiia's stinging dissenting opinion in the Lawrence v. Texas deci· sion predicts it. "Today's opinion dismantles the struc· ture of constitutional law that has permit· ted a distinction to be made between het­erosexual and homosexual unions, insofar as formal recognition in marriage Is con· cerned," Scalia wrote. "This case 'does not involve' the issue of homosexual mar· riage only if one entertains the belief that pnnciple and logic have nothing to do with the decisions of this Court." Scalia's words were likely intended as a wake-up call to gay rights oppo· nents that a constitutional amendment is the only way to ensure perpetual dis· crl.mination against gays and lesbians. If so, then Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R Colo.) is listening. Musgrave Is the main sponsor of a proposal to ban gay marriage through a HOUSTON VOICE JULY 4. 2003 PAGE 10 constitutional amendment The mea· sure was referred to the House J udiciary subcommittee on the Constitution last week. According to th" proposed amendment, "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman." "The traditional values Americans hold arc being traded in for counterfeit marital unions. It ls important to secure this institution and protect it from distor· tlon," Musgrave said in a press release. She b no stranger to crafting such leg­islation. Musgrave devoted much time and effort to passing an anti-gay mar· riage bill while she was a state senator in Colorado. Each year from 1996-2000. she introduced the measure, which was vetoed twice by Democratic Gov. Roy Romer, but was fmally passed and signed by Republican Gov. Bill Owens in 2000. With such stellar achievements under her belt, the good people of Colorado sent her to Washington. Her latest effort to prevent gays from enjoying equality under the law may be a long shot - a constitutional amendment requires approval by two-thirds of the House and Senate and 38 state legislatures - but gay rights advocates shouldn't underestimate the power of prejudice. After all, 37 states already have anti·mar· riage laws targeting gays on the books. In some states, including Massachusetts, the gay marriage battle is already underway. The case of Goodridge v. Department of Public Health is pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and a decision is expected this summer, possibly sometime this month. The suit, which was filed by the rights group Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders on behalf of seven same-sex couples who were denied marriage certifi· cates, asserts that the right to choose a spouse is protected by the state Constitution and that there is not an emo­tional distinction between straight and same-sex couples. At a Capital Pride event last month, Matt Foreman, the director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, warned in a speech that a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage was "an ember becoming an inferno." His remruits seemed dramatic at the time, but with the Scalia dissent and now Frist's endorsement of a constitutional marriage ban, Foreman's words seem prescient and appropriate. The Supreme Court's ruling last week has likely supplied the spark needed to ignite the inferno. l'J'!.. Kevin Naff is ~m managing editor of the Washington Blade, a stSter pub!ica· lion of Houston Voice. He can be reached at knaff@wasltlade.com HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com RICH ARENSCHIELDT Lions, tigers and bears ... oh my! WHAT A MONTH JlNE 2003 HAS BEEN' Gays nre so proud right now you would have thought that Ellen Degeneres would have jumped right out of the sea and into the \\'hite House Twenty.five years of pride and the most Important mling in my gay lifetime. Finally, what Ruth and Esther were reputed to be doing during biblical tllnes is now legal (though some scholars think that we may have exaggerated the sigmficanre of "whither thou goest I will go" and ·'where thou lodgest, I will lodge"). Sounds hke the world's first lesbian-0wned "l '· Haul" franchise was in Jerusalem after all '!'he past few weeks have pro•-en Umt events always crash into each other simultaneous~ The nine Supremes grabbed the religious right by Its high fashion weave and dragged it mto the 21st century The New York Times "Today's Headline" page for Friday, June 27, was non sequlturlal at best: "Gays c.elebrate and Plan Campaign for Broader Rights" and "Strom Thurmond. Foe of Integration, Dies at 100" appeared right on top of each other. Our dear Strom apparently just couldn't stand the shock. One suspc-cts that after reading the court's landmark opinion, he simply expired. The wllikely propinquity of these events boggles the mind. Was there a cause and effect relationship at work here? Cries from the wrong shouted that this was a sign of the apocalypse, Dissenting justices accused their brother arbiters of embracing the "homosexual agenda." Frankl}; looking at a recent picture of Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas. I don't want them anywhere near my agenda. The only things I want them to embrace are weekly BOTOX btjections. Our "agenda" IS working. Here·~ the seaet formu1i: If we can convince the Supreme Cowi to completely disregard the other two branches of government, by introducing truly equal rights, we may be able to single-handedly kill <•ff the Republican right This will be hanler than it seems. Dispooing fL Strnm (whose first name spelled lnckward mrons 'droth" in at least two foreign languages) was l\'.IS)I He was so okl hi~ musical review was the ne>..t act scheduloo to headline in Bran'-00. ~fo. His protege, Trent Ltrtt. will ll'! a tougher case. After the ruling, Lott stated that now "the door will be open to almost anything." \\'ho knows what could happen? Rlgamv? Incest? Sexual abuse? Adultery? Here .. in America? Now that the court has legitimized one aspect of expression, where will it lead? If Mr. Lott is next in our Salem witch hunt. some heinous rulings would have to be handed down to assure his timely demise. Multi-million dollar federal tobacco farm subs!diP.S for his home state would have to van­ish, reproductive rights for indigent women would have to be assured, lcgi.slation prevent· ing discrimination based on sexwtl orientation, allowing the adoption of children b} gay par. ents and, worst of all, a ruling legitimizing gay marriage would have to pour forth from the oracle of justice in order to trick up Trent's tes­ticles (oh, pardon me, I meant "ventricles"). All of this ammo is needed- it's gonna takP more than one pansy-fied liberty-Oriented ruling to elevate Mr. Lott's cardiovascular risk factors. Uitt and Thurmond were close friends. Perhaps they'll see each other sooner rather than latei: DI ••1111 llllll1l111 l1cl1l llll II DUI llEEI ~t;jection Sfin'f Prettp HOMOPHOBIA YESTERDAY ... HOMOPHOBIA TODAY •.. HOMOPHOBIA FOHEVEAH! Aside from the political fallout associated with the ruling, one more sobering o~pect of the decision has received scant coverage. Now that gay sex is legal, will it become boring and passe? E\-erytlung is more exciting whrn you aren't allowed to do it. I remember 'moRing "Kools" in the attic at age 12. Cigarettes made me barf but I still had a great time smoking them. Gay St'X doesn't have the same effect (although some of my CJC's may tell you differ­ently) but I wonder what lies ahead. I can see our bland sexual future in multitudinous "Dear Abby" columns: "::\ly boyfriend never touches me and our Pekin~e has taken my pL1ce m the bed. \\'hat do I do?" Abby's response, "Seek counseling from a therapist with tasteful office decor and replace your Pekinese with a Pit Bull." Oh. how humdnnn! Think about what this will do to daytlme tP1evision. "Jerry Springer .. will become as exciting as "The Lawrence Welle Show;,'.' What will replace our previously infamous. now normalized sex acts as the target for ridicule and scandal? Nationally tele,·ised revelation of same-sex liaisons to unsuspecting spouses v.ill become as ordinary as Marvin Zimller's dally JULY 4. 2003 11 litmy of slimy lee machines. Will there now be nothmg that dhtln­gu1shes us from others? Will the G:fj Pnde Parade simply degenerate into a whiney gathering compnsmg us and every dissatis­fied yuppie \\ ife who decided to move into a trendy overpriced, claptrap Montro<e town­house v.ith her bisexual husband~ Even if the wtfe has an affair \\ith the "77006" FedEx delivecy gal, the husband can't even ask his ;;pousc for divorce. Sameness and ambiguity are bound to breed boredom. We must move beyond this and fon\"ard. Gays have rontiibuted so much to the world: the layered "rollar up" double Polo shirt, spandex biker pants \\oith Day.Clo accents. vertical struc tural food, the \\'NBA. faux finishes. Our hbtol1' is rich: we must again reinvent our sexual expression so that none of us dare utter the phrase long associated \\ith sexual CMui: "Hone); move your hrod; I ran 't see Letterman." '1ft. Rich ArenschieJdt 1s a freelance writer for ~ HOU5ton Voice. He may be reached at oscwildemal@1otcom •r Erlcln1r NIA'llE YOU'LL JVY A 6U.."f1Jt. SCRibblE Do'«W ALL THE PATll(f1(. lEJ1.1t·JE1tK1NC:. lHOV<ioll'tS "l'ol.I.·~ 8EE.H Tll11IK!HC., 1'HP MA>YE To 14.t.SflYAll[ To REC01U> COV11Tlt'I' W~STElr:N CDl •• 12 JULY 4. 2003 You can kiss my butt! 1 WE; mear t!mt literally The Texas Sorlc)ITly Law was roi.nd to be urconst tuuonal by tre J c; Suprrmc Court"" June 26 2003 maklnq consen ual ana1 and oral sex benvcer same sex partners in Tcxa5 lcqat for the first t rie 1:1 30 yrars lt"s ci ndmarK case for LGBT •1ghts. bot therr are st I d scnm1natory laws out then~ and mon: are on their way Last SC5Sion lawmake<s filed rive anu qay b11ls at the ?:xas Legislature Tt>ose bills w II be back next SCSSIOn. and we. as a community. must be ready to fight them That's where The Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texa5 comes in. We lobby at the state level on behalf of t'le I LGBT corrl"'lunity to stop anti-gay/lesbian bills before trey become laws Call 512 474 5475 to find out I how yoo can help Kick some butt at the Texas Legislature • DEMANDING EQUAL RIGHTS IN TEXAS "Dot by dot building up the in1age ... " farion E. Coleman Your Community Image Inker! House of Coleman Fine Printing & Graphics 901 WEST ALABA\AA HOJSTON, TX 77006 ~693 71J 523 25~1 FAX 713 52' 2643 WWW HOIJSEO COLE~AN COM www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE he re ord "The way my dad puts it, I am his point person for the campaign. I can't imagine doing this for anybody but my father." /,esbian Mary Cheney, on her dPcision to resign from the board of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay-straight alliance organiza. tion. to assist in the re-election of her fatha. Vice President Dick Cheney (New York Times, June 23) "The gays have won. The problem IS one will admit 1t The biggest and latest news is that Canada IS poised to legalize same-sex marriage. But the signs of the gay victory have hern all around for us for years." Ccnservative columnist Jonah Goldberg, writ· ing ant' week lx!fore the US. Supreme Court issued its landmark sodomy ruling in /,awrente n Texas (Washington Times. June 20) "You might remember me as Peter when we left Yale." A transgendered woman. introducing herself to President Bush at a Yale class reunion hosted by the White House (Washington Times. June 18) "Now you've come back as yourself." President Bush. responding as he grablx!d the hand of a transgendered alum attending his Yale class reunion at the White House (Washington Times. June 18) "They should get a room. That see· nario is out of the 1950s .... People can't have sex in public, on the beach or In the dunes, no matter how duplicitous or tor· tured their private lives are. Why don't closeted lesbians come to the beach to have sex in the dark so their husbands won't know?" Stephen Ga ines, gay author of Philistines at the Hedgerow," a bnoA· about life in the Hamptons resort in New York, on thP arrest of gay men for having sex m beach dunes there (New York Post. June 19) "People who havm't had much positive to say about marriage are suddenly enthu· sl.lstic as long as you put the words 'same sex' in front of it " David Hlankenhorn, director of the Jnstltutefor American Values, which has organized cultural leaders from across the political spectrum to discuss the instltut/011 nf marriage (New York Times, ,June 21) "!can't answer that question because it's a legal question." Former Vermont Governor Hnward !Jean. a candidate for the Democratic presi· dential nomination, on whether he beli1•ves states in this country should recognize same-sex marriaRes obtained in Canada (NHC's "J,Ji'f!t the Press." 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Look, but don't touch L'-1 LIGH r OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH'S sex abuse cover-ups and resulting scandals In Boston, ephebophilia the topic of adult male-adolescent boy sex and sexual attraction has rarely been a more timely subject for a novel Never one to shy from controversy. author Michael Lowenthal fol· lows a path that few authors dare to tread. In the impressive result, 'l\voidance," L()wenthal definitely avoids the dreaded sop­homore slump syndrome and delivers a nar­rative that's both thoughtful and suspenseful. ''.Avoidance" explores the concepts of ostracism and exile as they apply to isolated communities in this case, the Amish com­munity of Pennsylvania as well as Camp Ironwood, a boys' sununer camp in Vermont. Harvard grad student Jeremy Stull bridges these disparate groups. He's study­ing the Amish and their shunning rituals for his thesis and spends his summers as a camp counselor and director at Ironwood. His father died when Jeremy was eight. and his mother enlisted in the Army to make ends meet. Accustomed to a wandering life, Jl'remy found a home at Ironwood as a child and a father figure in Ruff, the charismatic ex-military man who ran the camp. One of the campers endears himself to Jeremy. Fourteen-year-old Max breaks his wrist on the first clay of camp, starting a chain of events that keeps Jeremy and him in close proximity. JEREMY mms l\tAX'S COMBINATION of adolescent bravado and moments of gen uine vulnerabihty an intoxicating mLxture, and thP more time Jeremy spends with him, the deeper their bond grows. 'lb his initial horror. Jeremy soon realizes that his feel· ings for Max are more than platonic. But before he acts on those feelings, Max confides.a dark secret one of the other adult men at Ironwood sexually molested him. At the same time. painkillers go missing from the camp irifirmary, and Max appears to be the prune suspect. This leaves Jeremy in a dilemma: if he believes Max and reports the incident. he'll be turning in a close friend and exposing his closest equivalent of a home to scandal and possible ruin. Lowenthal's prose radiates poise, treat­ing an undignified subject matter in a digni­fied manne1: Largely passive, sexually absti· nent and continually wrestling with his con­science. Jeremy Stull transcends the "Chester the Molester" stereotype and begs the question of whether attraction to one adolescent makes him a pedophile. Do his thoughts and feelings automatically put him in the same category as the fellow camper who actually acted on such impulses? Lowenthal further challenges our already-challenged preconceived notions c '-~~~~~~~~~~~~__J Author MichaL~ Lowenthal deftly tackles the risky sub­ject of epheboph1lia in hlS timely novel 'Awidance.' on the subject of ephebophilia and youth­adult attraction. EQUALLY WELlrWRITTEN ARE THE Amish segments of ''.Avoidance," in which Jeremy remember;; visiting a settlement, living among the Yoder family and learn­mg their strict codes of conduct. "Try to imagine not even knowing how to fall, because a hand was always, always there to catch you," he \\Tites of their close ties. Critics ridicule the Armsh and their ways, but Jeremy comes to admire their rigid botmdaries At least someone being sh1.mned knows exactly where they stand and what they mu5t do for forgiveness and 1-c-acceptance. He knows all too well that life out~ide the Amish world isn't nearly so black and white or easily defined, as much as he wishes 1t was. A beautifully wntten book concerning a dIStnsteful premise, uAvoidance" may 'lvell repel as many readers as it entrances. Lowenthal never flinches from describing moments of genuine beauty or desire with­in heinous acts, or how desperate-ly and painfully a yolUlg man can want something that will prove so destructive to him. ThE> characters rarely get to make easy decisions, and Lo\\'C'nthal's fiction becomes that much more powerfully compelling as a re<;ult. Kudos to f..owmthal for taking a risk. and to Graywolf Press for publishing it. I --- ft FOR MORE INFO 'Avoidance' • By Michael Lowenthal Graywolf Press. 2002. trade paperback, 2n pages. $16.00 JULY 4. 2003 17 " If you have to as , you ou dn't come" Mature Audiences - Strong Language - Nudity written by Robert Chesley Directed by Joe Watts Starring Brett Cullum & Glen Fillmore Through JULY 12th •Fridays and Saturdays Curtain: 8PM •Tickets: $20 •Reservations 713-522-2204 ®J:JJ+c.1111 1415 California St. Houston, Texas 77006 Board Cer~ified Psychiatrist Jon-P.aul Hamilton, M.D. • Treatment for Depression, Anxiety Relationship Issues, ADHD. 18 JULY 4. 2003 "Been Rear-Ended? We Can Assist foul" Call us at 713.520.9696 or visit us at 106 W. Gray in Houston www.suddenimpactcollision.net WHAT ARF YOU AfTlNG FOR? IT'S FRff! take a chance, find me! hvI fo,j I tiHc'ietii IP LACE YOUR FREE AD NOW! CALL 877 863 1885 OR PLACE YOUR AD ONLINE AT WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE dish There's a Fine Line Between Telling the Truth and Talking Trash Martha Stewart outraged over hints in TV movie that she likes the ladies; Calif. murder takes scandalous twist. Airing dirty laundry LIFESTYLE GURU MARTHA STEW­ART has plenty to think about these days after being indicted on five charges in connection with an alleged insider-trading scheme. But the tabloids report that she's reserving her outrage for "~1artha Inc.," a made-for-television movie about her life that aired twice last month. Stewart is not upset that the super campy movie had CYBILL SHEPHERD portraying her as an w1balanced. con­trolling egomaniac. She's mad that the movie insinuated she's a lesbian. "In her view. Cybill set out to make her look like a monster, and the gay hints were aimed at grinding her already tarnished image into the dirt," a hfamily insider" revealed to a source, who tattled to the Examiner. man who was arrested in One offending scene apparently connection with the murder of his wife involves a young Martha (played by and their unborn child. DORIE BARTON) fixing a female Now the Globe reports an amateur classmate's collar. The classmate subse- drag queen claims to have had sex with quently responds, "I always knew she Peterson while he was married. VIC-was a lesbian... TOR CORD Emo. told the Globe that The other scene involves Sheperd and Scott picked him up one night behind the Joanna Cassidy, who portrayed Sharon Brave Bull bar, a gay club in Modesto. Patrick, the president and chief execu· The Globe gave Cordeiro a poly· tlve officer of Stewart's company. The graph test. which he supposedly passed. scene depicted Stewart's character ten- Cordeiro was performing in drag the derly swiping a lock of hair away from night he met Peterson. After briefly flirt. the CEO's face. ID ing in the parking lot, Cordeiro says The "source" told the paper, ~O - Peterson took him home and "~tartha's reaction went from ~ Scott got naked in the bed that disbelief to cold fury at those ;!!i he normally shared with Laci. seemingly gay scenes." "We kissed some more. But Stewart shouldn't be and I could see that he was· worried. With all those perfect A, very excited. I was still fully meals, elaborate centerpieces ~ clothed. He told me to perform and ingenious home inventions, ~ oral sex on him on the bed, people might believe that she's ROU~ which I did. He seemed to be real· actually a gay man. ly ertjoying the experience and it was But a lesbian? Never. certainly a happy ending for him," RECENTLY THE MEDIA. AND CER· tainly the tabloids. have had a lot to report about handsome accused killer SCOTI PETERSO:-., the California Cybil SheiiJenl (left) as Marthc1 Stewart. and Joama Cassidy as Carolme Kass. the chief executive officer of Stewart's company. (Photo courtesy of NBC) Cordiero told the paper, adding th.1t Scott's "manhood was average-sized." The Globe called in expert Dr. Martha Klrkpatrlck, a professor of clinical psychi­atry at University of c.a!ifornia, Los Angel~ to decipher v hat Peterson's same-sex affair could mean to the case. "In misery over not getting 'curnd' of being physically attracted to men, Scott could have blamed Laci for not helping to fully convert him to being a hetero· sexual. His rage boils over, and he kills her," she said. That may be, but an amateur drag queen airing dirty laundry does not a motive for murder make. I~ Send comments. sugges!tons to-­'-. W Dish(a>sovo.COlll .. .. HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com dining J.A. CHAPMAN New center's restaurant serves up Vietnamese, Chinese flavors that satisfy Hollywood pleases THE 1'1RST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT the new Hollywood Center is the bright, prtmary-colored lettering on the side of the building and the large rainbow flag out front Housing a bookstore and cafe, nail salon, real estate office, and a Vietnamese. Chinese restaurant, it's clear that this shopping center is full of gay pride. On a recent weekend evening, we decided to try the Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant. Given the bright colors out· side, we were pleasantly surprised by the calming interior. Decorated in muted sage, with Asian-themed etched glass panels dividing the room, the restaurant projects an air of casual sophistication. We started off with an order of spring rolls ($5.25 for four) and a bowl of crab· meat and asparagus soup ($3.95). The spring rolls were excellent, filled with the usual vermicelli, vegetables and gener· ous-sized shrimp. I was skeptical about the accompanying peanut sauce at first, thinking it lacked verve, but it grew on me as the spicy kick emerged. When the soup arrived, we tried it, only to determine we'd been given the chicken ven;ion. We informed our waitress and she gladly exchanged it for us. The crabmeat soup was infinitely superior to the chicken version. A light, tasty broth held chunks of crabmeat and slices of asparagus, with a hint of egg to thicken. The asparagus and crab combination was an unexpectedly lively mixtW'e, and the soup was delicious. For our main course, my dining com· panion ordered Vermicelli witl\_ Charcoal Broiled Beef ($.5.95). A pile of lettuce. shredded cucumber and cilantro came topped with a generous serving of vermi· celli and char-grilled beef, and tangy· sweet 1woc cham sauce on the side. This dish was an excellent interpretation of an old VietnameSt' favori te. The char-grilled beef was superb, with a deeply smoky Ila· vor that clearly took time to achieve. On a hot summer day, this coolly refreshing dish is hard to beat. I chose one of my personal Vietnamese favorites, Spicy Chicken with Coconut Curry Sauce ($9.95). The vivid yellow curry that enveloped this dish was proper· ly spicy, but the soothing, creamy coconut milk seemed missing in action. With top quality mushrooms, glass noodles and the crispy onions, the dish was quite tasty, if not exactly what I'd expected. We decided to order dessert and that's when the service began to get, well. eccentric. Our original waitress disap­peared and an enthusiastic young waiter materialized to describe the desserts for us. The list is quite extensive, with around 12 different desserts and 15 fla· vors of lee cream. No dessert menu was available, but our new waiter offered us his handwritten list. since we couldn't keep everything in mind. As we were perusing this, our original waitress reap. peared and tried to give us our check. We told her we wanted to order dessert, and asked her to tell us about a couple of the selections. In stark contrast to the waiter, she was unable to describe the desserts. When we asked if perhaps there might be someone who could help us, she informed us that no one in the restaurant could tell us about the desserts because they never try them! As a last resort, we asked if we could see the desserts, and she said they were on display in the cafe. Relieved, we paid our check and headed down the way to the cale. The helpful cale staff informed us that the desserts come from Rusti.ka, the charm· ing bakery near West University. There was indeed a wide selection of desserts, and we settled on a slice of chocolate silk pie ($3.95). With velvety smooth chocolate, and a crunchy crust, it was a deliciously dee.a· dent way to finish our meal. On another visit, during the lunch hour, the rei;taurant was busy with folks from the neighborhood. All lunch items come with soup, fried rice and an egg roll. The hot and sour soup was e.xcellent. and the Kung Pao Chicken ($.5.95), loaded with chicken, crispy bell peppers and onions, had excellent fla. vor. but Jacked some of the heat you might expect With generous portion izes, Junch is an excephonally good deal The Hollywood Center is an exciting addition to the Montrose area. As an entirely gay-owned center, it fills a niche left vacant by the recent closing of other businesses. Despite the uneven service, the Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant is a very pleasant place to dine, either inside in the sleek dining area, or outside on the covered patio. With good food at a reason· able price, a great atmosphere, and a con· venient location, it's a real find. Welcome to the neighborhood, Hollywood. ~ Hollywood Vietnamese ~ & Chinese Cuisine 2409 Grant. Suite D Houston. TX 77006 713-523·8808 Food •••• Service: ,.,.,. 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Join them each Sunday afternoon at Woodrow Wilson School in Montrose at 1 p.m. The school is located at Yupon and Fairview. The only requirements for mem· bership are that those interested be a team player, know the rules of soccer and have basic skills - you don't have to be a pro, just played before. Those who want to join don't even have to be gay - just willing to be mistaken for gay. For more information. send an e-mail to MontroseSOlicsoccer.com or go to http:/ /www.geocities.com/MontroseSoc cer. or log on to other sites such as the international Gay & Lesbian Football Association, Oak Lav.n Soccer Club, or West Hollywood Soccer Club. If you have the international flair, contact the Munich Elves (yeah, in Germany). Ship to shore thing On Saturday, July 26. the Rainbow Fishing Club plans a deep-sea fishing trip with Captain Elliott's Ferry Boats out of Freeport. The cost for the 12·hour trip is $75 with a $40 deposit. Those who really want to be on this trip must turn in their reservation and deposit to the Club immediately: Departure is at 6 a.m .. with a return play will begin July 13 with open play at the University of St. Thomas. Jerabeck Center. The group will host two weeks of open play before the actual league begins July 27. The Recreational/ Intermediate games are played from 4:30 to 7 p.m .. with the Power/ Competitive games from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come on out to bump, set, and spike. Log on to www.lsva.com for more information. Gay basketball The replies on this subject are still coming. Looks like it won't be long before this venue gets its kickoff. In case you missed it: Anyone interested in a gay basketball league? If so, please e-mail me via editor@houstonvoice.com. A lot of replies will be great to match the number of inquiries so far! World Series Softball NAGAAA (North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association} holds its 27th annual tournament in Washington D.C .. beginning Aug. 17. Those interested in going should plan a trip now. All are encouraged to sup· port local teams in attendance, with team representations expected from all over the United States and Canada. Rooms will fill up fast, so contact the organizers of the tournament via e­mail at informationra Series2003.org/, to the docks planned by 6 ' or call 202-543-0326. p.m. The boat operators supply all fishing equip· ment and bait, as well as ice for the catches of the day. This charter compa· ny is virtually booked for the entire summer already, so hurry! ~~~!!!!!!~~ Yee haw Don't forget the sport of rodeo in our great state. For all of you dudes and dudettes, con­tact the Texas Gay Rodeo Association at 281·873-0641, or write the group at P. 0. Box 130855, Houston, Texas, 77219·0585, for more information. Tennis for everyone The Houston Tennis Club meets on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For weekend play, check them out on Sundays from 9 a .m. until noon. For more information, contact the Houston Tennis Club at 713-692-2701 or log on to houstonte1U1isclb~ol.com. Vollel' srason The Lone Star Volleyball Ass(l('taUon announces its next league MSL stats The Montrose Softball League (MSL) announced as of Week 9, in mid-June, the Houston Force, lone competitor in the A Division, clinched a spot in the World Series inD.C. In the B Division, Rich's Hellcats insured themselves a trip to the nation's capital. In the C Division, the division regular season champs are Meteor, and the C division playoff champions are the Drillers. The D Division regular season champions are the Trojans, and the D Division post· season tournament champs are the Toros. Speaking of softball and fun, the MSL is hosting its annual Casino Trip next week, on Saturday, July 12. A chartered bus departs Guava Lamp at 2 p.m. and returns around mid· night that day. Cost of the trip is $20 per person. Contact the league via the World Wide Web at www.montrosesoftball· league.com for information. HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com I community calendar SATURDAY JULY 5 Houston Buyen Club f llA 'Bioclectncal lm;>cd.!nce Analy;Js) the first two Saturdays of the month. Hou1': 10 ant-2 p.m Houston Buyers Club, )400 Montrose Blvd. Sulte 604 7U-520- 52ee httpJ/wWw houstonbuymclub com/bia_ testing.html EVERY SATURDAY ~Spanish Wonhlp SeNice/Noc:ho Uplritual. 7 p.nt Resurnction MetropoDtan Community Clwrcf\ 202b W llth. 713-&1-q149 After lbn KPFT <l().l FM 14 a.01 Dl!r4tY mm.' JO p.m •or !l3Y Catholia. 7U-880-28n Fne HIV T~ MmroseCft:.11 Jllll-2 am at VMr.i's. maJO.»xl Goy & Usbian Br1akfast Clb. 9-.30 ant 2Bl437-0636. Houston Wrestling Clb. Practice LIO p.m ID-453-7406. l...wiQU Center. Alcollolics Anonymous.11.:30 ant Eye Opcncf Crcup, 8 pm. Saturd.1y N9'1Live.9-.30 pm. Wiling Ones CrllUP-1201 W Clay 7l3-521·124J or 7U-528-'17n WWW~ MonlnJse Soccer Club. 10 a.nt practict Woodrow Wilson School, fa.-.- and Yupon. New players welcome. but beglnnm not cur­rently being admitted 7U-B62-949l http-J~tieuon11mon­trosesocter E-mait montrosesocctr ;yahoo.com. Q.J>otrol Vokmteers WJll< the sllttls to http pr....t hate cmie.. CJ-.30 p nt ~ •t o:orrrnunity amter. 713-528-WE E-cro qpatrolin~;: aoL:om St S!lphai's Ej)iscopol Cluch Rosary 8 am. !BOS W AJ.Jb:Jm.J. 713-528-6665. Houston GlBT Communt!y c.nt.r. Drop-to, noon-5 p nt • B1·Net HOUSIOI\ 7 p.m • 3400 Montrose, Sulte 207. 713-524-3818. WWW.ho' • hi ' gg SUNDAY, JULY 6 EVERY SUNDAY Brili MemoNI UnMd Methodist Cluth. s.rvces at 8:30 & 10.50 ..'1 1. SurxL1y school 9-45 ant 71)-526-1017. c.nt.r for Sjlir1luol tMlg. S.~ ii! 11 am. for children 1t 10:50 ant 6610 H.lrwn 713-339-1808. The centtt also hJs commitmcnt ~ ~ boolcstortand~ Camuvty Go5poj. s.rva II II ant & 7 P.llL s..11.ly Scl1ool for dildltn 10 ant ru-aso-q235 or www~ Conmwty of Khhcl Spirits In Be.unont. WC>r1hlp al b p.m. 1575 Spindl<top Ave. B<awnont. Texas. 409-813-2055. E-m.lit d<sm3-._1ilnetmo.ntt eo..runt Clud\ E.......ic.I, l.IJer.ll Boptist. 5""ice 9-30 ant & eclJcation hour II a m. ID-668-8830 [ti...., l)ilbw1ln Cluth. Adult edlcation, 10 ant Servia!, II a.m Lunch at noon. wwworncnonhou.onj Ant Congregationol avd! (Memor1ol). Service •I 10 a.m Ori..ti.J11 EducatlOf\ 11:30 a.in 7J.3-4b8.q543 or fcc-houston Ol1l Ant UnltarWn UnlYenallst Cluth. Strvlcts at 9:30 & 11:30 ant Brunch at 1030 am 7B·52b·5200. clurdl,smtw0111 Fret HIV Testing. Montrow Clinic 9 p.m.ofllidnight 11 Club lntniY 713-830·3000 Goy Bowing le.lgues. 7 P.llL Pabce lanes, 41q1 Bella"' Blvd 7U-86Hl87. Goy c.tliollcs of St Amt'Hbmon. 5 p.nt ~ service Omer ml socbl alexcam 'Dwt.ntl 71J..623-0'130. Gl.OBAL Gay ~ Or 8istx1l3l All'ldllC!. University ol Houston GlBT studmt group mee!Jnq 2 p.m II !ht Houston Lesbian & Cay eomn...ty Center, 3400 Montrose. Suite 207 713-524-3818. www.uh.tdu/-giobal. E malt. global a;bayou.JJh.<dlL Grace~ Clud\ Gay/gay-affirming~ 11 ant ...-.tee. 507 Cedar Grove, llvlnQston, Texas. m5l 9)6.{,46-n!4. E 1t1a1l leol <as!tex.net. Gract l..utherWI Cluth. Sunday school for Ill ages 9 ant Service lO:lO ant 713-528-3269 HAT.CK ttJuston Atta T«n Cmlition of Hormsexw1s meets b-'I p.m. f°O' me<\nJ ll1furmatioi\ Cll 7U-529-J5CIO. WWW.ha'~ Houston ROll<Jfvledc> Rugby Club. Practice from 4-6 p.m For more 11fonnahon, loQ on to www ""'Ohnecksrugbyorg. Houston Tennis Club. 9 a.m-.-i. Memorial Parl< at tho Tenn!S Ctntc• houstonteMisclb JOlcom i..lml>dl Cttrt ... Alcoholics Anonymou~ q 30 am Came to Bell<'YI! Croup 1201 w Clay. 713-521-1243 or 7l3-5.2s-qm WWW l.lmbd.lhooston.org Maranalho F~ Metropoftan auth.10 ant service 3333 Famin Suite 100. ID-528-6756- NorU!woods ~ U<iVOl'3llst Clud\ Services at 9: 15 & !US ant Sunday school 9:45 ant 281 ·298-2780. Rsmction MCC. $trvice5. 9 and II ant 0.ldrtn and Youth Sunday SdlOOl.10 ant O.ldmfs S<JYICt.11•.m.713-&1-'1149. St Pltrlc:l(s R""'1nod Cllholc Mmbl. Sunday Mass ii! noon. Holy Unions available Grnup meets at !ht II.Ir &press. 3310 Delaw.lrt. a._..,t. T,... mm 409-781-815Z E-mail: bwatson~9lRff.com. St Slophon's Epi!copol Cluth. Holy Eucharist. Rite l 745 am. Holy EliCtwtst. Rite II, 8.55 a.m. Education hour, 10 ani.; Choral Eudlarts~ II am 713-528-6665- Sunday 8nrdL For HIV.posiliYe 1111'11. II ant R'rva\ lll7 MlSSOIR1 St Pauf. 7U-Ba0-0690. e-mail: PoznBulf Th1ol.com The Women's~ Mt.~tirQanddiscusslon.10:45ant 713-~571. Thoruu UnltMion Unlwnaflst Congrlgation. Adult discussb\ 9 a.nt Service, 11 15 ant 281-277-8882 WWW lwc.org. Unlt.Ylan FellowWp of Galveston County 502 Ci'4Jrch Sl Service. 10.30 ant 409 765-Bl JO. Unlt.lrian Felo'""'ip of Houslol\ Adult fOl'Ull\ 10 ant Service, II ant ID·bSb-5876. lblSton GlBT ConmR!y Cenla'. ~ 2-6 p.m •GI.BT Comnuiity Cluth with Rev. Meiss> Wood: Bible study, 10-10:45 am. WCl1lllp 11 ant -~lbtcc • liA.RRLE support ~ 1 p.m • SlAG (Some T~ Alt Guy\), b pm.• GUJB.. Al moctlno. 6 pm. • )400 Mootroso. Slite 2<11. 713-524-3818 WWW~tr~ MONDAY, JULY 7 EVERY MONDAY Center for Spiritual l.J\oing. MMitat:on (drop-tn), 1..30 ant 'P"" 6610 Harwin. ID·33'1180a free HIV Testing. Hooston Are.1 Commuruty Sem:es. q a.m -noon at Jo>epl>H1nes C11ruc. l710 \Vest 25th St 713-52b-0555, ext 231 227 or 226 Fret HIV Testing. Montrose a ... c 4-8 p.m. al llnds, 617 Fairview. 713-830-3000. Frost Eye Cine. ffee eye exams for people w1L'1 HIV IU-830-3000. Goy BowllnQ leagues. Women\ league 6 45 p.m. ()yn.lmic Lanes, 6121 Tame! Dl1Ye 713-&I 1187 Goy Fithen/Fathers Ant Support group. 11-9'.30 pm Bemo Mt.'lllOlial !Mited Mrlhodist Cliun:h. Ton; ru-nb-8736. WWW geoatJes.com/gJyllJdshouton/ Grace A-..bly Ollrch Gaytgay-affinnmg congreQation. 7 pm. aerobics Cl.1$$. 507 Ced.Jr Grove llvlnQs!on. Texas, mSL 930-640- n14. E-moH leol ..,astttx.'>?l Grief & llMlla! Support~ 7 pm. Beril} 713-52i>-1017. <XI. 208. Houston Rougftiocb Ru(lby Club fT>ctice from 6:30-8.30 pm. For """"11fonnat01. log on to www 111UghneckS1119byorg. Koh Projod Euch.\rist 7:30 p.m 713-&1-1600. l.1mbda c.nur. Ak:oldics Anonymous. 8 pm. Beginners' Groop. 1201 w aav ru-521·1243 or 7U-528-9m WWW IJmbcfahoustonorg Montrow Clinic Offers wedcly peer 5IJPPOl'I groups for gay and blse•..,l 111Ctl with HIV SpanlSh spcaklll<J group meets. b:30 p.m 215 Wtsthclmrr 7IJ·SJO.J050. Grupo de AP<1'f0 para LatlllOS gay y bi"""""" VIH pCJS1t1vos. lw1es b:30. Para mas 11formadon llam.a al 713-830-3025. ~Voices Radio Show 8-10 p.m KPFT 90.1 Houston GlBT Conmnty Center. 0roi><n 2-9 pm •AVER (Amencan Veterans for Equal Rights), 7 p.m. • 3400 Montrose. 5' " 2f - 1818 www.houstong!btcenter.org. TUESDAY, JULY 8 EVERY TUESDAY Bemg Support N<twolt. l.IJnch Bunch Gang, 11 ant 713-526-1017. c.nur for SpW1tual lMng. M<ditation (drop-ln).1130 ant-1 p.m. bblO H.vv.ill 713-339-1808. Free HIV Testing tbistnn A<ta Convnunitv Servm 10 ant-2 p.m. at Joseph-Hines Clinic. mo West 25!~ st 713-526-0555. ext 23L227 or 22b. Fret HIV Testing Montrose Clinic. 8 pm-midnight at Club Houston. Also 4·8 p nt at bll Club. bll Hyde Parl< 713-830-3000 GlBT Pentecostals. Bible >ludy, pray.r, 7 p.nt In the Height< For info: q)(,.qJl·37bl e-m.111: wwwWgbl947 a.'cs.com Houston Women's Rugby Team. No OXpencncl' necessaiy Prada, b 30·8.30 We>tland YMCA Kay. 713-208-152'1 ln!n>cb:tion to 8udcllism. All welc:on1o at b34 W Temple In the Height< 7 pm. Carlton. ID-1!62-812'1 Rainbow R.wiglen. F"" C& W dance lessons. Brazos R•"'1' Bottom No 11o1r!M' ncodcd Btg1nnrr 2 Step. Waltz. Slaifflc & Swvig. S:lO p.m. ro-528-q19z Houston GLBT Conmrity Cent!r. Drop-In H p.m • Lesbian Coming IM Group. 7 p nt ·Pride Canm!ttet of Houston grner.tl meeting. 7 pm. • )400 Montrose. Suite 2<11. 713-524-3818 WWW houstong • WEDNESDAY JULY 9 EVERY WEDNESDAY Centar for Spirrtual umg. M.,'<11tat01 (~)Jl:JO a.m.-1 p.m; SOM 01SMS1cn & Explora!Jol\ 7 p.m 6610 Harwin. ID-339-1808. Crystal Mrth Anonymous (CMA). 8.15 p nt meeting. Montrow CounseHrq Center. 701 Ricfvnond Ave, Room l5 Bemg Memorial Unii.d Method'ist Cludt Support Nei-1< Pot luck Dimer, 1>30 pm. V•nous support groups. 7 p.llL lli-521>-1017. Bl>lo Study. Noon & b.10 p.llL St St<phen's Episccpal. 713-52f>.6665. fretHIVTes!Jno MontrowC1Inlc.4-8 pm. at Mdry'~ 1100 W~thclmtt q p.m-midolQht at RiPCOnl. 715 FawvleW; 10 p.m-1 a.m. at EJ< 2517 Ralplt 10 p.m I ant at Midtowne Spa_ 1100 Fanrun. 713-8.10-3000. fret HIV Tesbig Thom.ls Strett ainic. 9 ant·! p.llL 2015 Thomas St Or•Surt mdhod Ca! for aw>intment Sh.ln>n. 713-873-4157. c.y Bowling WguM. b:30 p.m. Palace Uno>. 4191 Bellai .. BM!. 7U-8611181. Groce "'5embly Cludt. Gay/gay-affwmmg congr<ga!lon. 7 pm. -. class. 567 Cedar Grove. L.Mngston. rexas. msL 936-641>- 7214 E l11JJt leol;scasttox ..,t Houston Pnde B.1l1li ()p<n rehearsal 7 30-9.30 pm. 1307 Yale. lli- 1!62-1488. Houston R"'91necb Ru(lby Club Ptactice from b.30-8:30 pm. For more lnformatiol1, log on to www~org. Houston Tennis Club 1:00-'I p.m. Memorial Parle at the Tcmis Cent ... lioomonternsclb n aol.com Spiritual UpOft service. 7 pm. Resurrection MCC. ID-8bl 9149 Houston GlBT Conmrlty Center. llnlp-«1 2-'I p.m. • ffee HIV !rs!· rwi. cou~,.. l>-9 p.m •Houston Pride Band.,,,,,,. ...... 7'.30 pm.· 3400 Montrose, Suite 2<11. lli-524· :1818 www.houstongfbtcenter.org. THURSDAY, JULY 10 EVERY THURSDAY lllNl!t lbaton. ~ for bllmials; ......,..,. wdcome. 7'.30 p.m. Hobbit Cafe. 2240 fllrtsnwth. wwwflashll'l/-bln5e 713-467-080. Center for Sp1ritw1 Limg. M<ditation (dropoln)Jl:JO a."' I pm. 6610 H.lrwln. 713-339-1808. Conmmy Gospel 'i<rvice 7 !O p 11 713-880-92)5. WWW conm>­nl! ygospel.or~ Fret HIV Testing. Houston Arta Con1111U111tv Services..:> am-l p.m t Josep!Hi1nes airuc.1710 We<! 25!1\ SL Also 11 a.m-3:30 p.llL at Gaflory Medical CllllC. 5900 North Freeway and Club Toyz from 9 p.nt midnlQht. 713-52b-0555, <XI. 23L 227 or 226. Fm HIV Testilg. Montrose Clinic. 8 p.m. nidni(lrt >I Brazos RrRr Bot!Dm (BRB), 2400 Brazos, and CaJSlns. Bl7 FilllY<l'W. 713-8J0.3000 Fret HIV Teslklg. 7.q p.m. at All Star~ )415 Katy frttwJy He3fth clinic with free tr.ting for HIV and syphilis. 713-869-7878. Fron!Ri.men. Running dub. 6:30 p.nt 71)-522-8021 wro sits httpJ/home swbeiinet/larathon/houfrJltm E ""1it larathon;1"s'4-bt!l.ntt G;iy Bow1lng lngues. !Jld ~ q p '11 Dynamic Lanes, 6l2l Tame! 0nYe 713-8bl ll87. Gl.08Al CJy. ltsblan or Bisexual Aflbnc! at tho llnM"1lty of Houston-Central Campus. Wttkly mffiing. b p.m. ~ nguyen002l hotmail.alm Hep c R«owry. Support group. b:30 p.m ~ 713-521>-1017. Ext lll Houston Women's Ru(lby Tum. No expcnenco nec.ssary Ptactict. 6:30-8:30. Westland YMCA. Kay, 713-208-1529 Lal<e Uvvigstnn GlBT Support Gtwp 7 p.m. dinner and dJscussion Gr.lCt llsstmbty Cllurch. 567 Cedar Grove. llvinqslol\ TexlS, m5l 931>-641>-nI4 E m.llt leo!ji easttex.net i..lml>dl Sblllg W> 8 p.nt Tradewlnds Skating Rin!t. www.neosoft.com/..ir.c. 713-523-%20. Montruse Clinic. Offers Wttk!y pw support groups for ll"Y and bise•u.JI men With HIV English speaking group meets. 6:30 p.m. 215 Westllctmer 713-830-3050. Rainbow Ranglfn. fttt C&W dance lessons. No partner requirtd Brazos Ri"'1' Bottom. 8:30 p.m. 713-528-'119Z ReaMty From Food Addiction (RfA). Meetmg for 12-step program open to oil Noon-I p.nt Sl Stephen's E-1 Cluth, !BOS W. Alabama SL RFA: 713-673-284a www.geocities.com/rlJ77235/ E mail: rlawortd!erva;.o:aolcom 5p"1ls/I Cllill1a eor-.atlol1 Group. Cafe Agora 7 p.m E cflar- Llhouston.11lmsn.ccm. 713-416-7203. Women's Cliic. Montr1'se Clinic. 713-830-3000. Houston GLBT Conmlllty Cenllr. Drop 11 2-9 p.llL • M."Oding and ~· 2 P.llL • Montrose Wrlters' Pl1>ject. 7 p.m • PflAG Houston boanl meetmg. 7 pm. - )400 Montn>se Suite NT. 713- 5-- ·- .,, onglbtcent<r.~ FRIDAY, JULY 11 EVERY FRIDAY c.nt.r for SpiiWll LMng. Meditat01 (drop-lnllUO ant·l pm. 6610 - 7]}·339-1808. fret HIV Testing. Montrose Clime 10 p.m·2 ant II The Meatrad, 2'115 San Jacinto; 10 p.m ·I am at E!s and at Midtowne Spa 713- SJ0.3000. Fret HIV Testing. TOOmas Stnet Clinlc. 9 ant-I p.m 2015 Tlon.ls Sl Or.SU.. method. Call for appointment Sh.von. 713-873-4l57. Frost Eye Clnlc. rree eye exams for people with HIV. IU-830-3000 Grace Assembly Cludl Gayfgay-.tfflmllll!I ~ 7 p.m. aerobics ctass. 567 c..ur Grove. l.Jvirq'1on. Texas. ms1 93b-64i>- 7214 E mait: leol<~exnel HAT .C.H. Houst!rl Att.l Teen Co.i!ition of tbnosexmls nm. 710 p.m. For ln'l?tJ"l i1formal.<n cal 713-529·3590. -~ Houston Term Clb. 7:0().9 p.m. M<morial Parle ii! the Ttrws Center HOustontennisdJ Kolbe Ptoject Muming prayer, 10 a.nt 713-&1-1800. M~ ARzlln. GI.BT Jewish CClngre93lion. Sabbath semcos ii! 8 p.m. on the ><cond Frid.1y of each month al Baby Bamabys. b02 F..WW Monthly study QrOUPS with Congitgation Beth lsrad. 5600 llorth 8caeswood. MlS!lpachat AIIzim. PO. Bo> 9801J6. ttou<ton, TX 77098 866-841·913'1 ect.1834 Q.J>otrol Votunteers w;ilk the s!rtcts to help pm!!llt hate crimos. CJ-.30 pm. ear...... at commumty cen!tt lli-528-SAFE E...,. 'l"'lrotinc1ilaol.com Houston GlBT Conmmity Center. Orop-11 2-'I p.m • Women's g.1r11e ni<lht. 7.30 p.m • In Our Own Wr1te poeby ni)'1t. 8 p.m • )400 Montrose. Suite 207. 713-524-3818. www.houstonglbtcenter.org VOLUNTEER/SELF-HELP ECltOS. ~ ~t m1nislty of the [piscopal Clue!! of the Epiphany" dedicaltd to helping people access health and social """n system< Fttt medical S1noctS lllClude HIV. STO ml hep;rti­llS testing. Call for dates and tll11CS of ltf'VUS. %10 s Gessner lli-270-0369 E-ma echoS-llouston: iWbellnet. Goy & l<Sbian S..ltd1boord HousllJn. Vollmteen offer • frierd!y ...,. to Qllen., need of lnformJ!Jol\ ~1-1 ml onony­mous COUl"""1g to the ClBT COfl1lllJJll!y 7U-529-32ll WWW~ HoP-ON Atr/f1lfe CJll ,,., this non-profit moderated ....... announcemmt list th.lt hdps fJClljtate advocaey-1< and -­Ing tfforb for gay Houstonians. Quantity of posmgs Is stnctty ~ ltcd Postings incble press'*""" ind acbon alerts from national state and local gay and aJIIed org.miz.lbonS. For info or to"'"" acctsSWWW.groupo.~-ON/ Houston GlBT Conmlllty Center. Volunteen perform a variety of critical tasl<> which inclucl!! staffing the Information destc ckzrlng drop-11 hours; helping with centtr progran-rn!ng ind Mnts; wort- 1'19 on community outreach efforts. lwid-raislng and tM>licity Can! ~ writ<rs and JrtiSt 11 p.1r!ICllL1r rt rieeded. 713 524-3818 Peer Ustening Une. Yooth only StJffe<I by GI.BT youth for 9.1)\ les­bi. Jri. bls<XUJl ~' and quesllOnlll<J youth. S.10 P.llL Mond.iy-Friday 800·399 PEER llJ;. To hst an event, call 713-529-8490. fax W at 713-529-9531. or H11c1il editor@ houstonvoice.com. Deadline is Monday at 5 pm. JULY 4, 2003 21 p ts a weekly guide to arts & entertainment activities for gay Houstonians SPECIAL THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEKEND Theatre New West presents additional and final performances of "Jer1cer• The play by Robert Chesley revolves around two men who share a unique relationship through the phone_ Chesley evokes the humor of the biz.am rela­tionship as well as the feeling of isolation. loneliness and the unabashed honesty of one human reaching out to another "Jerker" is directed by TNW Artistic Director Joe Watts, and sta~ Brett Cullum and Glen Fillmore. Tickets. $20. 8 p.nt Friday and Saturday, July 4, 5. 11and12 Theatre New West.1415 California St ID-522·2204 THIS WEEK Actor and Houston native Rob Nash offers a three-day evening intensive workshop. "The Rob Nash 12·Steps-To-Better-Acting Wor1cshop: Vol.th and adults from age 16 up may participate. Tuition: $75. Limit 20 stu· dents, with enrollment on a fi~<Ome. fll'St­served basis. 6:30-930 p.nt July 7-9. The Humphre~ School of Musical Theater offlClal training wing of Theatre Under The Sta~. at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. 713-558-8801 WWW.tuts.com www.robnash.com NIGHTI.IFE SUNDAY, JULY 6_ BARR Y.S (Benefit Auction. Raffle Raiser & Yard Sale) will be held this weekend to raise funds for the International Puppy & Trainer Contest. a Leatherpup Production currently applying for non-profit organization status, and the Mr. Lonestar Fund The benefit will be presented by Mr. Lonestar 15. Barry Fiddtck. 3 p.m. Mary's. Naturally, 1022 We5theimer 7lJ. 527·9669. EVERY THURSDAY FO, a local all-female rock band. hosts open mic/cider night. Muslcian5 and vocalists of all styles and genres are welcome. No cover. 9 p.nt to 1 a.m Chances. 1100 Westheimer. 7lJ. 523-7217 www.chancesbar.com GAllERIES THROUGH AUG. 31 'Bob Knox: Non·flction Paintings' will be pre­sented at Blaffer Gallery. New York City-born Knox presents acrylic on canvas paintings based on photographs of interiors 5eelllingly furnished and decorated in the 1950s. Knox's paintings rely on the human psyche to estab­lish meaning In them. Free. Open Tuesday· Friday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and weekends 1 to 5 pm. Blaffer Gallery Art Museum of the University of Houston. Fme Arts Building on the U of H campu5. entrance No. 16 off Cullen Blvd. ?lJ.743-9530. www.blaffergallery.org. ONGOING Gulf Coast Archives & Museum of GLBT History Satellite Exhtbitiort The first exhtbitlOll from the GCAM colleclton presented at the Houston GLBT Comm~mty Center hono~ the NAMES Project Houston. Community Center, 3400 Montrose. Suite 20Z 713-524-3818. Positive Art WOl1cshop Photography Exhibition. 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See WWW DIGWTYUSA org IC! more details & appfi­catlOO mfo by luly 25 Send reslllleS Ill ed-starchCdigni­tyusa OfQ "This po51!JCn IS located Ill Washington DC & does not prcWle for relocatJOn e . : · EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DC based HIV, : . ..r. ,.. ."0!·1 "' · ~x- .. ,.,, [);rector Pt­dia: nc A!DS/h ...... o1t., ,; ~ ·~v .... Ui~ N1i.r.oi~~~ed canchdates for the posa;on of Executive Directot Pediatnc care Is a therapMl(. after-school program IOI cf\lldren affectedfin­fected WI H!V/AIOS. Quar1fted candidates should haw ex­penence managing the clay-to-day optrat!QllS cl a smat: 1J011-profrt organizawn & demonstrated success in fund. !aJll'19 efforts L'vough priv donors as 1'1!11 as lomda~on & federally based gants programs. The Ideal carxlidate sha havl! a ll1lll of 3-5 yrs of lel1ICI' rmgt exp, posstSS an ad­vanced degree 111 Mines\ sooal wort. accounting. or ott>­"'~ fi8! & should be comfortable W'lTking wt an ac­uve board GI drectors. we also seek a c:andidate who ha1 expenence WCJblg w/ child:en. has a -•1119 l.iowfedge of HIV/AIDS, IS famifiar wl the primary funding Slleam$ as­SOClated wt cf\ild care. HIVIA!DS & the lrtS & has an abilti to manage & motl'l3te bolh paid staff & unpaid 'IOiunleetS. Star11ng salary IS competlllve & IS negotiable ccmmensisate WI expenence Interested candidates should su!mt their re­sume, CO'lff letter & salary requiterr.tnt> by July 22 to. Theresa Z Cavanaugh l'tdia111C Care, c/o Cole, Raywid & Braverman. UP 1919 Ponnsytvania Ave NW Su:te 200 woe 20006' 1his poSl!IOn ,s located., washington DC & does not pr0¥1dt for relocauon expense• SENIOR FOUNDATION OFFICER Exclt ng opportunity to manage national, gay & lesbian granMiakmg program for J.og. ""1ional priv foundalicn. 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